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Old 04-08-2007, 05:57 PM
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Danny - that was a nice sized fuge. Also, I love that you only had 3 fish. Ronen told me not to get anymore fish back when I only had 3 little ones. I should have listened. I had no nitrates, no phosphates, clear water...The problem is that now I am attached to the fish and can't get rid of them.
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Old 04-08-2007, 07:19 PM
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I will start with a simple statement. A refugium is not a substitute for good husbandry.
exactly. good husbandry is what makes a tank sink or swim....whether its with a fuge or not.
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Old 04-08-2007, 08:55 PM
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As discussed on other threads in regards to fuges, topics brought up were size and bioload. A couple of posts showed how size and bioload play into these and what the overall purpose you plan to use the fuge for.
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Old 04-08-2007, 09:01 PM
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I agree good husbandry does make a tank work or not. For me although the pictures of my tank before I sold it does show some bad husbandry. Mostly because I haven't really had the time for the last year, and have been planning on trying to sell what I could (should have sold it last year) At the time of sale, there was mabye 5 visable hermits, and only one snail. The last water change was done probably 6-8months ago.

However my tank had 0 nitrates. For me nitrates were always a problem. And the refugium solved this problem permentently.
All my corals grew fine. (I even had a plate coral and a hard green coal)

Wheither no not you do a fuge is of course up to you, but I also found more cool things to look at like pods, or baby turbos a while back, that normally would have just been fishfood.

I am thinking of trying to breed come clowfish once I find my new place, and am hoping that the fuge, offers me the same nitrate reduction (and hopefully water change reduction) as I beleive it did in my reef.
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Old 04-09-2007, 01:13 PM
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refugiums

Hi! Leslie:

I always like to have large filters, It can't hurt. That is why a fuge will work if you keep your bioload small & have live food in the tank. what the fish don't eat, live for another day. I also had about 25 large mangrove plants in my fuge & when a leaf turned brown I plucked it & tossed. If you read the discussion on mangroves in this section, they do work.

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Old 12-11-2007, 06:57 PM
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I'm going to bump this thread (been a while).

I argued a bit for fuges earlier, but I think I've changed my mind (that's right Chris, I know you're lurking, YOU WIN). In the month or so since I switched my tank over, I have seen my nutrients go down. I have almost zero algae in my new tank ... not even an algae bloom despite adding more rock, a new sand bed, and moving the whole shebang. I'm using the same equipment with greater water volume and it still looks better. I was going to set up my fuge again, but I think I've decided against it now.

Still interested in other people's experiences with fuges though.
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Can you also provide a time line as to when you did what so that we can understand better the relations between your actions and the maturity of the tank?
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:33 PM
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I went from a fuge in my sump with DSB, live rocks and chaeto. Phosphate problems due to detritus getting trapped everywhere. I then went without it and had much lower levels of po4, yet my nitrate slowly climbed up and up.
I now just use a small ball of chaeto in my sump with PLENTY of flow on it so detritus doesn't get stuck in it. Nitrates have come down and po4 hasn't gone up.

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Old 12-12-2007, 03:42 AM
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After my recent outbreak of hair & all other types of alga, I decided to do the same; reduce the amount of cheato in the fuge (loose softball size), & increase water flow. I also went back to the DIY 100 micron filter sock due to the large amounts of detritus accumulating in the cheato.

Hopefully, I will see the algae die back. And to think, my tank was virtually algae free when I was running sumpless. I have to agree that unless your vegetable filter is of a considerable size in comparison to your DT, the result will most likely be detrimental vs beneficial.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:40 PM
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Well as someone that started the tank somewhere else and can bring in fresh eye's to this. In the Boston Reefers club just about everyone there has a refugium. And the algae i am currently growing is julian's red sea vegetables, or some form of it. So it's free food while sucking up nitrates.
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